Are conservatives cowards? Yep


Avro
No Party Affiliation
#1
Liberals flinch less, conservatives more, study finds TheStar.com - sciencetech - Liberals flinch less, conservatives more, study finds
Study may point to genetic link to political choice

September 18, 2008
Joseph Hall
Health Reporter
In an interview last week, U.S. vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin talked a lot about blinking.
"You can't blink" and "we must not blink," Republican John McCain's nominee told ABC News anchor Charles Gibson in response to questions about her readiness for office and the fight against terrorism.
But a new study in the prestigious journal Science says that people with right wing views blink and flinch far harder than liberals when confronted with startling stimuli.
In the first study to directly link politics and physiology, the University of Nebraska led study suggests that people who hold conservative views on things like foreign policy and gun control, are more frightened than those with a more left-leaning bent on those issues.
"We're not trying to say that your church and your family and your school and the people you hang out with don't matter," says Doug Oxley, the lead study author.
"What we're introducing to the field of political science is this notion that there is a physical basis to these beliefs as well."
In the study, 46 volunteers were asked about their political views on such hot button issues as immigration and gun control, which have a strong correlation to voting booth behaviour.
Researchers then measured the strength of the study subjects' "startle reflexes" through the strength of their blink responses and electrical activity on their skin when confronted with startling images or noises.
The study found that people who held more "protective" views on theses issues - those who would limit immigration or prefer a more unfettered right to be armed - had stronger startle reflexes to the stimuli.
In other words, they not only blinked, they blinked harder.
While the physiological connection between startle reflexes and protective political views has yet to be established, researchers say that its mere existence suggests there is some genetic component to individual voting preferences.
"People have said `come on, there's no way that there is a piece of DNA that codes for an attitude on whether you're for or against gun control'," says Kevin Smith, a political scientist at the Lincoln, Ne. school and a study co-author.
"And it makes sense to us that there has to be a fairly complex causal chain between genes and political attitudes and behaviour that involves both biology and the environment."
Smith says the study keyed on the sympathetic nervous system, which among other things controls involuntary reactions - such as heart rates, sweating or blinking - to sudden threats.
"When something goes `bang!' behind us, we tend to have these involuntary reactions to that environmental stress," Smith says.
"The idea is that those who are biologically sensitive to threat in their environment, are more likely to be supportive of public policies that deal with threats in the larger political environment," he says.
Neither researcher had any comment on the current federal election in Canada, which pits a right wing Conservative party against more left leaning opponents.
And as for the blink-averse Palin, an improbable new star in the U.S. political firmament, Oxley would make no judgements.
"Our research is not making any judgements about it," he says.
"The blink is a measure of something going on within the brain, within the body, within the nervous system...but it isn't really what they were referring to in the political campaign recently."

http://www.thestar.com/sciencetech/article/501578

Wow, what a shock, cons are frightened little kids hiding under their beds.
 
wallyj
#2
It comes from years of ducking the crap that is constantly thrown our way.
 
TenPenny
#3
Liberals never flinch, because no matter what happens, they'll find a way to make YOU pay for it.

Conservatives flinch, because no matter what happens, they know YOU'LL pay for it, and they understand that it hurts.
 
Avro
No Party Affiliation
#4
Nooooo, I think it's because they are always afraid of something.

Ten bucks says most cons still believe in the boogy man.....

The science is clear, cons are cowards.
 
TenPenny
#5
Well, that could be. Maybe conservatives are afraid:

Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway.
 
TenPenny
#6
Always do what you are afraid to do.
 
Avro
No Party Affiliation
#7
Good excuse making for blinky, twitchy fraidy cats.
 
TenPenny
#8
It's a rule of thumb for people in scary situations (firemen, policemen, soldiers, etc), that if you're not afraid, it's because you don't have a clue what you're doing.

I guess that applies.
 
Avro
No Party Affiliation
#9
Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny View Post

It's a rule of thumb for people in scary situations (firemen, policemen, soldiers, etc), that if you're not afraid, it's because you don't have a clue what you're doing.

I guess that applies.

Or, you are just a coward expecting something bad at every turn.
 
TenPenny
#10
Hey, you started the pointless bull****, I'm just keeping it going.
 
Colpy
Conservative
#11
Yep, that McCain fella, coward to the core.

Winston Churchill too......run from a mouse, that guy. And Bush sr.........so afraid he flew dozens of missions in a bomber in the Pacific........

'Fraidy cats.

Not like that brave Bill Clinton, or Pierre Trudeau.......imagine the spine it took for him to manipulate his way out of the army in WWII..........

Or Jack Layton....brave, brave Sir Robin, and Stephan Dion.......I hear he is so bold he hasn't diversivied his stock portfolio!

Give me a break!
 
Risus
#12
Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny View Post

Liberals never flinch, because no matter what happens, they'll find a way to make YOU pay for it.

Conservatives flinch, because no matter what happens, they know YOU'LL pay for it, and they understand that it hurts.

The liberals don't flinch because they have no conscience.
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#13
Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny View Post

Liberals never flinch, because no matter what happens, they'll find a way to make YOU pay for it.

Conservatives flinch, because no matter what happens, they know YOU'LL pay for it, and they understand that it hurts.

It kinda sounds like either way, I ' m gonna pay ... and heiffer dust a Conservative cares if it hurts.
Last edited by lone wolf; Sep 18th, 2008 at 08:48 PM..
 
Ron in Regina
Free Thinker
#14
Quote: Originally Posted by Risus View Post

The liberals don't flinch because they have no conscience.


Jeeesssss.....I was going to say something similar but you beat me to it.
 
Socrates the Greek
#15
Quote: Originally Posted by TenPenny View Post

Liberals never flinch, because no matter what happens, they'll find a way to make YOU pay for it.

Conservatives flinch, because no matter what happens, they know YOU'LL pay for it, and they understand that it hurts.

Elections Canada KNOWS ALL about CREATIVE ACCOUNTING…..
Last edited by Socrates the Greek; Sep 18th, 2008 at 08:34 PM..
 
Walter
#16
Are conservatives cowards? It's in our DNA.
 
Risus
#17
Quote: Originally Posted by Socrates the Greek View Post

Elections Canada KNOWS ALL about CREATIVE ACCOUNTING…..

zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
 
Avro
No Party Affiliation
#18
Quote: Originally Posted by Walter View Post

Are conservatives cowards? It's in our DNA.


I know it is, which is why you never defend your wittle cut and paste's, you just run away like a coward .
 
karrie
No Party Affiliation
#19
So... if I'm reading this right... conservatives are quick to react, and liberals are a bit on the slow side?

what an odd little article.
 
Avro
No Party Affiliation
#20
Quote: Originally Posted by karrie View Post

So... if I'm reading this right... conservatives are quick to react, and liberals are a bit on the slow side?

what an odd little article.

Sure, it explains what happened to Iraq.

Cons......"they have weapons bomb them now before it's to late."-------hysterical ranting

Libs......"well perhaps we should wait for some hard proof before we jump the gun and invade, kill thousands and spend billions for no reason."------calm reasoning
Last edited by Avro; Sep 18th, 2008 at 09:14 PM..
 
gopher
No Party Affiliation
+1
#21  Top Rated Post
Vietnam veterans always called McLame the 'songbird':

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzVxbUOn4EI
 
zoofer
#22
Liberals don't react because most of the time they are comatose. Unusually dense people do act like knee dippers. Ever seen that blank stare in their eyes as they are riveted to the CBC soaps? They do not blink even as copious tears wash their mascara into their beards.
 
Socrates the Greek
#23
Maybe cowards they are not BUT PHONY THEY SURE ARE ………………….
Just look at the picture, we are talking abou the F ECONOMY AND THE COMING UP DEFICIT……………..WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT PHOTO UPS WITH LITTLE KIDS………PHONY BASTERDS………………

 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#24
Too bad he couldn't weave in a rug that matches the hair colour....
 
Socrates the Greek
#25
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

Too bad he couldn't weave in a rug that matches the hair colour....


LW the hair is definitely a military color, this picture makes him look like saying to him self I hope Canadians can really see my calm, while the kid is used to camouflage the phony intentions…..
 
lone wolf
Free Thinker
#26
Quote: Originally Posted by Socrates the Greek View Post

LW the hair is definitely a military color, this picture makes him look like saying to him self I hope Canadians can really see my calm, while the kid is used to camouflage the phony intentions…..

It wasn't intended as a put-down
 
Socrates the Greek
#27
Quote: Originally Posted by lone wolf View Post

It wasn't intended as a put-down


OH................
 

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